Bring Hispanic Heritage Month to Life: A Collection of Resources
Teach your students about Hispanic history, art, and music using these lesson plans, book lists, crafts, and biographies.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Introducing Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the cultures and traditions of those who can trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The annual celebration is observed from September 15 to October 15.
September 15 is the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16 and Chile follows suit on September 18.
Students will explore Hispanic Heritage with educational activities like creating Carnival masks and using Aztec numerals.
Here are 30 creative classroom ideas to help you and your students celebrate!
Exploring Countries Lesson Plans
Students will use research skills to explore countries in areas such as culture, history, geography, economics, and government.
Choose from Mexico-themed craft ideas like skeleton puppets and Frida Kahlo styled self-portraits.
Art and Music Lesson Plans
In this musical activity, children make maracas and learn the Puerto Rican song "Que Linda Manito."
With this lesson, students are introduced to the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, while learning about the human skeleton.
Culture and Heritage Lesson Plans
Students will learn about different cultures and celebrate their own culture as they create and share posters about their families.
This lesson is designed to use with The Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora, but can easily be adapted for other books. Students will analyze the main character of the story and develop an understanding of how culture can influence a person’s thoughts and actions.
In this study of an ancient tradition, students learn that the skeletons that we associate with Halloween and death are a part of a joyous holiday to celebrate life.
Students celebrate Mexican culture by making tortillas, liquado (fruit juice), traditional Mexican crafts, and more.
Lesson Plans About Icons and Leaders
Students learn about Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and create self-portraits while considering the question, "What is important to you?"
Use the beloved novel Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan as inspiration to improve students' writing skills. Students use story starters and historical fiction journal writing as a background.
Use this discussion guide to engage students before and after reading Too Many Tamales, a Christmas story about a Hispanic family.
What would students do if faced with a problem like the one that Maria, the story's main character, encountered?
These activities will help students become familiar with the author's use of language, both English and Spanish, in the novel.
Recommended resources, nonfiction books, and picture books for teaching young children about the arts, culture, crafts, history, and geography of Mexico.
Browse this collection of beautifully illustrated picture books to find the perfect read alouds to accompany your Hispanic Heritage unit.
Find titles for grades 3 through 12 in this collection of chapter books and novels that focus on Hispanic and Latin American experiences.
Hispanic Leaders and Pioneers
Cesar Chavez was a Mexican-American labor leader, who organized the California grape pickers into an important farmworkers union.
Sonia Sotomayor made history on August 6, 2009 when she became the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.
Learn about Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic-American female astronaut to work for NASA.
Learn more about Franklin Chang-Díaz, the first Hispanic-American astronaut.